Seven dead in second California shooting in three days
A gunman killed seven people before being arrested in California on Monday, just two days after a shooting killed 11 at a popular dance venue.
The latest attacks took place in two different locations in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay, about 50 km south of San Francisco.
The attacker was identified as 67-year-old Zhao Chunli, a local resident.
It comes as the state mourns the deaths in most of Asia Monterey Park during the Lunar New Year celebrations.
The suspect was caught on news cameras Monday turning himself in to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office about two hours after the attack.
The first four victims were discovered around 14:22 local time (00:22 GMT) at a mushroom farm, while the other three were later found at a trucking company in near
The investigators have not yet given a motive for the attack.
San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said in a news conference that the suspect was arrested after he drove to a local police station around 4:40 pm.
He was found with a semi-automatic pistol that could have been used in the attack and is currently “cooperating” with the police, she added.
Mrs. Corpus added that the eighth victim is being treated at the hospital and is in a critical condition.
“This kind of shooting is scary,” she said. “It’s a tragedy we hear about so often, but it’s true here in San Mateo County today.”
In a news conference, the sheriff also confirmed that the Witnesses include children who had recently left school and were living on the rural property.
“It is insensitive for children to see this,” she said.
California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that he was “in a meeting at the hospital with victims of a mass shooting when I was brought up to be briefed on another shooting.
“This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy.”
Half Moon Bay Council member Debbie Ruddock told NBC that the victims were Chinese farm workers.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dave Pine told the Associated Press that the attacks were carried out by a “disgruntled worker”.
“We are disgusted by today’s tragedy at Half Moon Bay,” Mr Pine said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the scourge of gun violence has hit us. We didn’t even have time to mourn those who lost their lives in the horrific Monterey Park shooting. Gun violence must stop.”